The old record stood since 1974 due to the immense technical challenge of running an electric vehicle consistently and reliably at such speeds when weighing less than 1000kg.
This historic event took place in the UK, at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, to showcase the country’s leading position in the manufacture and development of EV technology. Gear oil used in the record breaking car was based on Millers Oils Nanodrive low friction technology.
Conditions were good with a dry surface and low crosswinds. The Lola B12 69/EV developed by Drayson Racing Technologies has consistently impressed the motorsport world following its debut at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed where it achieved a new record for electric cars in the Festival of Speed hillclimb. Paul Drayson’s time of 53.91 seconds also placed the car eleventh overall.
The 640 kW drive system generates massive torque, requiring a top performing oil. Millers Oils Nanodrive low friction technology has been used to reduce friction and help release more acceleration in this successful record attempt. Millers Oils are delighted to have played a part in this project.
Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt spent two hours at the race track watching practice runs but was not able to stay for the record-setting drive. “Google has a very active R&D programme with regard to electric vehicle technology so it’s great that one of the world’s leading technology companies came to our event today,” Lord Drayson added.
Lord Drayson will showcase Drayson Racing Technology vehicles at numerous events in the run-up to the inaugural Formula E season in 2014.